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Baseball: Makita designated for assignment by Padres

Japanese submarine right-hander Kazuhisa Makita was designated for assignment, the San Diego Padres announced Friday.

Removing Makita from the 40-man roster was an expected move as the 33-year-old reliever has struggled in his debut season in the majors.

Makita has been sent down to the Padres’ minor league affiliate for the fourth time. He is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA over 27 games. He will take a spin through waivers to determine where he lands.

The former Seibu Lions pitcher was a closer for the Japanese national team at the World Baseball Classic in spring last year and transferred to the majors on a two-year deal over the winter.

All — Kyodo News+

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